How can the Green Bay Packers strengthen their roster in the 2016 NFL Draft?
We are under a week away from the beginning of the 2016 NFL Draft hosted in Chicago, Illinois. The Green Bay Packers have needs at inside linebacker, defensive tackle and tight end — will they leave the draft with answers at these positions, or will GM Ted Thompson‘s best player available strategy trump that?
Entering the draft, the Packers have nine picks. They own one in each round plus two compensatory picks in the fourth round, awarded for the loss of cornerbacks Davon House and Tramon Williams in free agency a year ago. These compensatory picks have been useful for Thompson in the past, and he has used previous bonus selections on Mike Daniels, Josh Sitton and Richard Rodgers.
Blockbuster trades have already been flying around the NFL and we haven’t even begun day one of the draft. Los Angeles moved from No. 15 to No. 1 as they hunt for the face of their franchise. Philadelphia responded by jumping up to No. 2 from No. 8. They originally owned the No. 13 pick before sending it to Miami for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Now it’s time for the Packers to get involved in the trade frenzy. Let’s begin.
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